Archive for December 2012

Musical Variables

Dec 31st, 2012 | By

In order to compose music, we should ask what it is that music is composed of. We need to know what building materials we have to hand for the creation of new musical structures, how they work and how they can be combined. Furthermore, if we want to maximise the possibilities of composition to the

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The Quadruple Object

Dec 29th, 2012 | By

This book first appeared in French as L’Objet quadruple: Une métaphysique des choses après Heidegger (Paris: PUF, 2010), in a fine translation by Olivier Dubouclez of Lille. The history of the project shaped the very structure of the book, and may be of interest to the reader. For several years Quentin Meillassoux had expressed the

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Dec 27th, 2012 | By

October 2007. The Tate Modern, London. Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth is on exhibition in the sloping, forbiddingly cavernous Turbine Hall. The “Shibboleth” consists of what appears to be a long, zig-zagging crack running through the floor of the hall, from barely more than a scratch in the tiling at the hall’s entrance, to a wider fissure,

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The Golden Rule of State Violence

Dec 21st, 2012 | By

In discussion of international relations, the fundamental principle is that ‘we are good’ – ‘we’ being the government, on the totalitarian principle that state and people are one. ‘We’ are benevolent, seeking peace and justice, though there may be errors in practice. ‘We’ are foiled by villains who can’t rise to our exalted level. –

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How I Came to Porn

Dec 19th, 2012 | By

I never wanted to watch porn. When a former boyfriend years ago showed me some of his “glossier” porn, as he put it, I was completely grossed out. The premise of his porn was that all these Barbie-looking women would seek out a stud residing in this huge mansion, where he would provide them with

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The Architecture of Control

Dec 17th, 2012 | By

As a critical rejoinder to the discourse of Panopticism, The Architecture of Control is essential reading for everyone who is interested in new modes of resistance to the designs of biopower and imperial democracy. Techniques of Archio-Discipline: Panopticism and Feng Shui. It’s somewhat peculiar that Panopticism and Feng Shui, the two great populace discourses on

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Scotland’s democratic culture and identity

Dec 14th, 2012 | By

Disasters, pandemics, the War on Terror, iPlayers/Pods/Pads/ Phones, American Idol, the rise of social media or the international banking crisis? Whatever your abiding memories of the Noughties, this was also to some extent a Scottish decade. With devolution, emergent self-government and (for much of the Noughties) a booming economy, a shift took place in Scottish

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Good Day Today

Dec 13th, 2012 | By

A few years ago I was working on a short film which one of my friends was directing. During shooting, a lot of the cast and crew were staying at his house, and one night a few of us decided to watch David Lynch’s Eraserhead (1977). By the time the lady in the radiator with

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Combined and Uneven Apocalypse

Dec 10th, 2012 | By

  SHADES: No one’s gonna repopulate the Big Apple now, not with the rat population what it is. Ya know, stuff’s just going begging! It’s salvage city, Max. You’d love it … MOSES: Don’t call me Max. – from Richard Stanley’s Hardware   They are residues of a dream world. The realization of dream elements,

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Where have all the interesting women gone?

Dec 7th, 2012 | By

Extract from One Dimensional Woman, Nina Power, published by Zero Books If the contemporary portrayal of womankind were to be believed, contemporary female achievement would culminate in the ownership of expensive handbags, a vibrator, a job, a flat and a man – probably in that order. Of course, no one has to believe the TV

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